Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Havell's acquire German lighting firm Sylvania for $300 mn

Havell's India has acquired Germany’s SLI Sylvania's lighting business for $300 mn (about Rs. 1350 crores) in an all-cash deal, from a group of private equity firms. This is the biggest overseas takeover by an Indian electrical equipment manufacturer in the lighting business.

The acquisition was made through Havell’s Dutch subsidiary, Havell's Netherlands BV and would be funded through a mix of debt and internal accruals. The combined revenues are expected to be $1 bn. Deutsche Bank was the advisor to Havell’s on the transaction and Barclays Capital would provide the financing to the deal.

SLI Sylvania operates in key geographies of Europe, Latin America and Africa through 10 manufacturing facilities. The company would get access to all of Sylvania's markets across the world except Mexico, US, Australia and New Zealand where the business is owned by German lighting firm Osram, one of the largest lamp manufacturers in the world. Sylvania Osram had sold its lighting business to a consortium of three private equity funds comprising Subros, JP Morgan and DDG Capital and Havell's has acquired the business from this consortium.

Read more on this in Moneycontrol.com.
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